Hey guys! I hope y’all are having a blessed season preparing to celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus! I can’t believe how quickly Christmas is approaching!
My husband and I have had to really fight for joy during this season, as we have experienced a lot of loss this year.
I normally do a LOT of decorating for Christmas, and I absolutely love it! I have had all my storage boxes pulled out for almost two weeks now, but I was feeling super overwhelmed and not motivated. I started to think maybe I shouldn’t do as much decorating since this year has been so stressful. But as I thought about it, I felt like it would be yet another loss if I gave up on the beauty of Christmas my heart longs for so much.
Decorating might seem so trivial in the face of tragedy and loss, but I came to the conclusion that it IS important to FIGHT for JOY.
Beauty is one of the best ways to comfort the wounded and suffering heart. As John and Stasi Eldredge say in Captivating, beauty heals. Dallas Willard said that beauty is goodness made present to the senses. What better way to bring tangible goodness to the intangible longings and achings of our hearts than through beauty?
It is a simple act to drape lights and garland and to basque in the soft glow of candle light. But with these simple acts, I can defiantly proclaim, you know what? Death doesn’t win! Because of the Incarnation of Christ and his glorious Resurrection, death does not get the final say!
Where O, death, is your victory?
Where O, death, is your sting?
So, here is one little arrow in the quiver of my tools to fight for joy this year! It was a simple DIY project that allowed me to be creative and to bring the tangible goodness of beauty to our home for this Christmas season!
Come Holy Spirit! Help us to fight for joy and bring you glory!
***Here is a link to our Christmas Bow Tutorial if you want to create your own bows for the holidays!***